kris’ good reads expedition: diary entry 6

At this stage, all I’ve done with my Good Reads shelves is divide them up into read and to-reads.

Because it’s my page and I can do whatever the hell I want and I think genre shelves are for pussies too scared about the books they might end up with which has nothing to do with my being a slack arse whatsoever , the only other shelf that I’m going to add is a ‘recommended reads’.

What do you reckon? What have some of you done?

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36 Responses to kris’ good reads expedition: diary entry 6

  1. nichem says:

    Though I haven't categorized any of my own books yet (the laziness thing strikes again), I really appreciate it when other people have a recommended reads shelf. Saves having to go through several pages of books looking for the 5 stars.

  2. Tam says:

    I went berserk and organized them all because really, if you're going all OCD over adding books, go big or go home. (multiple categories for books – you can be sci-fi and m/m and other paranormal)

    So I have:

    het romance
    childrens/young adult
    other paranormal
    literature (stuff I had no clue where to put like “classics”)

    I didn't find it that much more effort to add them as I went along. But I'm anal that way. πŸ™‚ I still have more het stuff and “literature” to add but I think most of the m/m that I have that is on there is up. I mean there are shorts that aren't listed and I'm not really into adding books, lots of work. Mine are all starred too so I guess you could go to my page and group them by stars and see which ones I hated or loved.

  3. Tam says:

    Huh, just checked. I seem to have a lot of 5 star. Am I too easy?

  4. K. Z. Snow says:

    Just found out I have 0 reads on my shelves and three “friends,” one of whom is one of my editors.

    Know why that is?

    I do.


  5. nichem says:

    Heh, I didn't even realize that you could sort by stars until Tam just mentioned it. *smacks self on forehead*

    Tam, I have a lot of 4 and 5 star books too. I was wondering if I was being too easy as well.

  6. Tam says:

    KZ, its a bit like crack, you start with just adding a few books and figure that it will be fun once in a while to put your stuff, then you want to add ALL your books, then next thing you know you're grouping them in multiple categories and cross-referencing them with your friends and common interest groups. Then you're going to GRAnon to try and break the habit but there's always another dealer trying to suck you in and get you to buy their book and put it on goodreads and rate it. Sigh. One day I'll go cold turkey and ignore it all together (probably going through withdrawal) but until then I'll continue to get my fix like the book junkie I am.

    You can be my friend if you want. πŸ™‚ The trick is to use other people's book shelves to populate your own.

  7. Kris says:

    Richelle: Even with the stars thing I think a recommended shelf will be useful. I'm gonna do that.

    Tam: Hun, you're anal. No way I'm doing that unless when you finish yours you can come and do mine. There's a thought. Can we do that??

    Maybe I'll just categorise my rec reads. Hmm, that would work.

    Tam & Richelle: You're both easy. Most of mine are oks or likes.

    KZ: Jesus. *shaking head to get rid of the ringing* There's no need to shout.

    BTW, WE MADE YOU LOOK!!! Bwahahahaha!!!

  8. Wren says:

    I am not commenting on anyone being easy. No sir. Not commenting.

  9. Wren says:

    Tam, I had to close my eyes to finish reading your list. Cause they were going to fall out. But now I see that I need to add a recommended shelf. *huff* I decided not to rate any books with stars.

    KZ, you can be my friend, too. If you want. The next meeting of GRAnon is at midnight tomorrow.

    Kris. I'm sorry people have a hard time friending you. Although I can see how it might happen.

  10. Lily says:

    I'm OCD like Tam. I categorized as I placed the books and also added a few reviews and some stars. There are a few more categories that I still need to add but I'll do those at a later time.



  11. Tam says:

    Ha!! So I'm not alone. Well done Lily. πŸ™‚

  12. Wren says:

    I just discovered (and maybe you all know this) that you can add multiple books that you already have on your shelves to other shelves. When you are on your bookshelf page click on edit (next to views). This adds checkboxes next to your books. Then you can add them to other shelves. This is good to know for those of us who didn't think to place books on multiple shelves while adding them to the main shelf. Cause, y'know, not all of us think that far ahead.

  13. Kris says:

    Wren: If I had to hold myself back from saying anything so do you.

    “Although I can see how it might happen.” Oh. *raises eyebrow* Do tell.

    BTW, I resent the implication that I didn't think that far ahead. I did. I just thought no more loudly.

    Lily = Anal 2.

  14. Kris says:

    PS – The Mumma told me to tell you all that she hates you, especially Richelle, bitches. I have no idea why.

  15. Jenre says:

    I have a yaoi shelf and a m/m shelf.

    I may sort them into other shelves but at the moment I can't be arsed and I have already wasted enough time at Good Reads this week.

    Seriously, you'll all be kicking my butt if I didn't get the posts done on my blog cos I was suckered into Good reads, wouldn't you?

  16. Ingrid says:

    I just discovered (and maybe you all know this) that you can add multiple books that you already have on your shelves to other shelves.
    Wren you are a doll!!
    That is just what I need. I just added all my book without shelving. Something I regret now.

    Did you know they also have dutch books on there?? All my childhood treasures are on it!

  17. Kris says:

    Jen: You wanting affirmation, Jen?? Then, YEP!

    Ingrid: I saw all the Dutch books on your shelves when I shopped at your list. πŸ™‚

  18. Anonymous says:

    Jeez Sissy…

    You will NOT be my friend, no waaay Jose.

    I did not say that… what I said was that they were all rotten because they were getting carried away with the GR chat and so I had to find out what it was all about. Then I said that they were all horrible people 'cos I spent almost two hours faffing around with the Good Reads stuff instead of getting my short forms of poetry teaching booklet written.

    So tomorrow I'll be in the shit at school with the kids because they will have to keep doing revision.
    HEY… actually that's not a bad thing… mmmmm okay.

    Haiku, quatrain, cinquain, can all wait. I'm goiung back to sort shelves.

  19. Kassa says:

    Kris – just say no! Don't do categories! I don't think I can put the effort into that. I think I'll just keep it for m/m and thus… categorized in itself!

    I think the star ratings are kind of harsh TBH. Usually if I like something ok it merits a 3, but on Good Reads that's a 2 so my ratings all seem low. :/ but I went by their listing.

  20. I am too lazy to break down my books into genre, theme, sex positions etc… So all I have is read, TBR and now reading.

    I post my reviews there from my blog and the other places I review and Good Reads is definitely not like that mo ho Amazon where people are ass hats and tell you your reviews such just because.

  21. Tam says:

    Kassa: Good reads has a ratings code? Umm. Oh. I just go

    1 star – hated it
    2 stars – meh
    3 stars – it was good but not likely to reread
    4 stars – really enjoyed it and probably will reread it
    5 stars – LOVED it, will/have reread it often.

    That works for me. Whatever good reads said I shall ignore their process and institute my own.

  22. Kassa says:

    Yes Tam, I caved to their setting. Your ratings tend to match how I rate books.

  23. Ingrid says:

    THat's how I rated too. Didn't even see that GR had their own rating ideas.

  24. K. Z. Snow says:

    I appreciate the offers of friendship — believe me, I do; I was once a Girl Scout, and I know friends are good — but I got sucked into this maelstrom with Shelfari.

    Never again.

    That wasn't me shouting, by the way. That was She Whose Name Should Not Be Written or Spoken.

    Must go now. There's a certain someone under my desk who needs tending to.

  25. nichem says:

    Jen: Please don't let GR keep you from your blog posts.

    Tam: That was the rating system I used too.

    Kris: Ha– Mumma says she doesn't hate me. *sticks out tongue* Though she did say we were rotten. Hmmm. That prolly fits.

    OK, I caved and added a recommended reads category too.

  26. Kris says:

    Mumma: Rotten is so NOT the word the you used.

    Kassa: I shall not categorise!!! Well, only my rec reads stuff like I said.

    I think their ratings system is wee bit harsh meself, but I also went with it. I posted about this today cos their system made me realise that I have differnet levels of 'ok' and 'like'.

    KB: What a terrific idea! I can just see shelves for fisting, rosebud licking, tree sex, etc, etc. *giggle*

    People do that on Amazon?? Jesus people suck. What is with this desire to flay everyone alive just cos they have a different opinion. It's friggin weird.

    Tam: Your ratings system is probably a star up from where GR has it, but, like Kassa, I caved.

    Ingrid: You too?? Swear to God, this process is making me turn into a Lemming. *mutter, mutter*

    KZ: So you're rejecting our friendship?? How rude!!

    BTW, are you sure he's under your desk? I'm pretty sure I last saw him on a gazillion book covers.

    Richelle: Nuh uh girlfriend. She totally said you were a bitch.

  27. rosebud licking? O_O
    I am now scarred for life.
    I hate that in romance! Bleck.

  28. Wren says:

    I am sure I didn't sign on for this. First, I was only going to have rec'd reads. For the really good stuff, y'know. Then I saw Tam's list. And Lily's. And so when I looked at all those books on my shelves that had no little niche to call their own, I started with the m-m shelving. Then the urban fantasy had to be placed…well you can see how it happens. You think you can stop, but you can't.

    Perhaps KZ is wiser than all of us…*sigh*

    And I am hiding from Kris's mom coz Ingrid just got done calling me a doll and I don't want to be rotten.

    I'm pretty sure I have a book I could be reading. I'll go do that. Just as soon as finish shelving 750 more books.

  29. Kris says:

    KB: But does the Kinky King Mho like it??

    Wren: There's a point in a Lemming's life where they can see the cliff ahead and have a choice to say “Fuck That!”

  30. Tracy says:

    I have

    to read
    Currently reading.

    Tam and Lily scare me.

  31. Kris says:

    They scare me too. I thought I was anal before I started this blog. I was seriously wrong.

  32. Tam says:

    You're just jealous of our advanced organizational skills. πŸ˜›

  33. Ingrid says:

    That would be virtual only Tam.

    I still have this picture of my bookcase that Kris doesn't want to see.

  34. Tam says:

    That goes without saying Ingrid. I'm a virtual girl, living in a virtual world to badly quote Madonna. πŸ™‚ Real life is a whole nother matter.

  35. Tracy says:

    I am jealous. And scared. πŸ™‚

  36. Kris says:

    *shudder* Ingrid's bookcase.

    I also now have Madonna singing in my head. Dear God.

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